“With a worm like fury body and three pairs of legs,
I was made...
to eat leaves and plants, was my given trade.
I crawl on the ground and climb up trees,
knowing one day soon,
I will fly like the birds and the bees.
My time on earth is only four weeks,
then I will be changed and reach my peak.
It's happening now! I can hardly wait!
I'm being transformed to a higher state.”
Then everyone will say:
“Oh how magnificent you are!
You're more beautiful than a rainbow or shinning star.
With unfurled wings you take to the sky...
a 3000 mile journey, 1500 feet high.
You provide food for the nestling songbirds
and help flowers grow,
unlike any other creature
above the earth or below.
With brilliantly multi-colored flapping wings,
like sunbeams brought to life: you flutter and glow...
from flower to flower, you circle and spin.
By Milton L. Delgado
April 8, 2018